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People View (Facial Recognition)

If you have lots of people photographs—and need to search for particular people—this feature is great.

Starting with Lightroom 6, you can tag people in your photographs using facial recognition.

As Lightroom searches for people in your photographs—you identify them manually.

As Lightroom continues to search—it automatically tags these people.

Preparation

1 - Style Sheet

Publications use a style sheet so all of their writers are consistent.

Think about the best way to enter the names of people—and be consistent.

Lightroom will list the names alphabetically.

Therefore, you may want to list the surname first.

You can't use commas.

For example, let's say you know a family, the Eriksons.

Enter Erikson Jens, for example.

Alternatively, you can enter their first names: Jens, Jon, and Wendy.

Then, in the Keyword List panel, create the keyword Erikson.

Click the plus icon in the Keyword List panel tab.

Enter Erikson and click Create.

Drag their first names onto to the Erikson keyword.

To see every member of the family, click on Erikson.

To see one member of the family, click on his or her name.

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Keyword List Hierarchy

2 - Forgot a Name Style?

If you forgot how you entered someone's name, go to the People tab in the Keyword List panel to display the names you have entered.

This is described below.

3 - Already Have Keywords for People?

If you have keywords for people, convert them into the People keyword category.

By doing so, you can use them with People view.

Let's say you converted the keyword Jones Matilda.

When you're using People view, and start entering her name, Lightroom will autocomplete the name.

Right click on your people keywords and select Convert Keyword to Person Keyword.

If you have a hierarchy of keywords, right click on the parent keyword (the one on top of the others), and select Convert Keyword to Person Keyword.

The parent and its child keywords will all be converted.

4 - Stacks

Lightroom places photographs of a person in a stack.

If a preview is a stack, you'll see a badge in the upper-left corner.

The badge displays the quantity of previews in the stack.

To open a stack, click on it and press s.

To close a stack, press s.

Or, click the badge in the upper-left corner to open and close the stack.

5 - Selecting Previews

You'll be selecting more than one preview below.

With several previews selected, you can enter a name in all of the selected previews at the same time.

You can also do other actions to the selected previews.

Windows

If the previews you want to select are scattered:

1) Press and hold Ctrl.

2) Click on each preview.

3) Release Ctrl.

If the previews you want to select are all in a row:

1) Click on the first preview in the row.

2) Press and hold Shift.

3) Click on the last preview in the row.

4) Release Shift.

Mac

If the previews you want to select are scattered:

1) Press and hold Cmd.

2) Click on each preview.

3) Release Cmd.

If the previews you want to select are all in a row:

1) Click on the first preview in the row.

2) Press and hold Shift.

3) Click on the last preview in the row.

Getting Going

1 - Open People View

1) Press g to make sure you're in the Library module.

2) Click the People view icon in the tool bar, below the previews or photograph.

Or, press o.

2 - Start Small

The Welcome to People View window opens.

If you click Start Finding Faces In Entire Catalog, Lightroom will slowly churn through every file.

This is called indexing.

It may take days.

To begin, this writer suggests starting with a collection.

3) Select a collection containing a small number of people photographs.

Let's say you selected a collection called Friends.

4) Click Only Find Faces As-Needed.

3 - Two Sections

There are now two sections in People view: Unnamed People and Named People.

Lightroom indexes, looks for faces, in the collection.

Let's say you have a friend: Chuck.

Lightroom places all of the photographs of Chuck in a stack in the Unnamed People section.

4 - Wait

You can start doing the following steps right away.

But, it may be less confusing if you wait for Lightroom to finish indexing the collection.

Look for the progress bar in the upper-left corner.

5 - Continue

5) Click the stack badge in the upper-left corner of the stack to open it.

6) Select all of the previews of Chuck in the stack.

7) Click on the question mark below one of the previews of Chuck, and enter Smith Chuck.

8) Press Enter.

The Smith Chuck previews are moved to the Named People section.

If there are people in the stack that are not Chuck, enter their names.

You have trained Lightroom to look for Chuck photographs.

As you enter names, Lightroom will suggest names in the Unnamed People section.

More

1 - Special Tags

If you:

• Will never need to search for a person, consider entering the keyword No Search Needed.

• Don't know the name of a person, consider entering the keyword Unknown Person or Unimportant Person.

2 - Stray People

Lightroom will have difficulty automatically tagging people due to lighting, hats, sunglasses, profiles, rear views, and the like.

Let's say you tagged Watson Janet.

There's a stack in the Named People section called Watson Janet.

However, she is appearing in the Unnamed People section.

You may see these previews labeled as Watson Janet? or with only a question mark.

There three ways to choose the Watson Janet previews.

Way #1

Open the stack if there is one.

Move your cursor over a preview.

Click the checkmark if it's Watson Janet—or the circle-with-a-diagonal line if it's not her.

Way #2

Open the stack if there is one.

If every preview in the stack is Janet, close the stack and drag the stack onto the Watson Janet stack in the Named People section.

If there are previews that are not Janet, enter the name of the person(s) or click the circle-with-a-diagonal line.

Then, drag the stack onto the Watson Janet stack in the Named People section.

Way #3

In the Named People section, double click on the Watson Janet stack.

Single Person view opens.

There are two sections: Confirmed and Similar.

In the Similar section, select the ones that are Watson Janet, and drag them into the Confirmed section.

Press o to return to People view.

3 - Non-people People

If Lightroom selects something that's not a person, move your cursor over the preview and click the x.

Or, click on the preview and press Delete.

If you have selected several previews, right click on the selected previews and select Remove Face Region.

4 - Missing People

If Lightroom fails to find a person, you can draw a facial frame on the person's face manually.

Facial Frames

Lightroom places a frame on a person's face.

Press e to go to Loupe view.

The Draw Face Region tool, in the tool bar, is selected by default.

The facial frame appears.

If there are several people, each will have a frame.

Add a Facial Frame

Press e to go to Loupe view.

The Draw Face Region tool, in the tool bar, is selected by default.

Click and hold, and drag out a box, a facial frame, on the face.

Enter the person's name in the gray field at the top of the facial frame.

Search for People

Press g to make sure you're in the Library module.

Method #1

In the Library module, go to the Library Filter bar, above the previews or photograph.

If you don't see the Library Filter bar, press \.

Click Text and enter the person's name in the search field.

Method #2

In the Library module, open Keyword List panel.

To the right of the search field, click the black triangle.

Tabs appear: All | People | Others

Click the People tab.

Click on a person's name.

Next

In the example above:

• We selected a collection called Friends.

• We selected Only Find Faces As-Needed.

Lightroom will search for people in the Friends collection only when in People view.

If you add photographs with new people to the collection, go to People view (press o) to tag them.

To tag a different collection, select it, and go to People view (press o).

Faster Indexing

If you create Smart Previews—Lightroom will index—look for faces—more quickly.

Smart Previews are smaller versions of your photographs.

They are compressed, lossy DNG files, resized so the longest edge is 2540 pixels.

They are stored in the Smart Previews.lrdata file, which is located in the same folder as your Lightroom catalog.

To create Smart Previews for the photographs in a collection, do the following.

1) Go to the collection.

2) Press Ctrl + a to select the photographs

3) Go Library > Previews > Build Smart Preview

In the future, you can create Smart Previews when you import photographs.

In the Import window, open the File Handling section and select Build Smart Previews.

Export a Name?

By default, Lightroom will export the name with the photograph.

If you don't want to export the name, do the following.

1) Open the Metadata section in the Export window.

2) Deselect Remove Person Info.